This is a question that keeps coming up to my mind over and over and over again as I read the news every day. The only news you hear about is the horrible rape of an elderly nun, honour killings, unspeakable violence against women, including acid attacks, poverty, farmer suicides, wars everywhere with the misery that come with it, the barbaric acts of the terrorists, especially in the middle east, corruption of the worst kind ruining the society so on and so forth. Sometimes one wonders ‘Is there any Good News at all these days’ and the answer is ‘Yes Of course’, but unfortunately, very few.

An amazing and inspirational story that I would like to narrate is a story of a sacrificial, selfless and magnanimous individual; it is the Story of Yatharth, a boy hardly 3 years old, who has given life to half a dozen people. This is the story of a very unfortunate event that happened a few months ago to Master Yatharth, which completely devastated his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Upadhyay. Yatharth, their only child succumbed to a cardiac arrest following a brief illness a few months ago and in spite of the best efforts by the doctors, the child could not be revived and was declared brain dead.

The grieving family, amidst the loss of the only child was brave and came forward in an absolutely selfless manner to donate the eyes, heart, kidneys and the liver to recipients who desperately needed it. Interestingly the heart went to a Russian kid waiting for the transplant in Chennai, and today young Yatharth lives in these grateful recipients who got a new thrust of life.

This truly is a remarkable story of grit, guts, courage, supreme sacrifice, selflessness in the face of despair and great loss. This needs to be told and retold because we rarely come across such noble gestures especially when a personal loss of this magnitude is overshadowing the family.

Long Live Yatharth, and we salute his wonderful parents for this noble deed, which has given lives to so many people.

God bless his soul!

Dr. H Sudarshan Ballal, MD, FRCP (London)
Chairman – Med Adv Board & Medical Director – MHEPL,
Manipal Hospitals, 98, HAL Airport Road, Bangalore-560017

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are of the writer and not of the hospital.